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January 2016 Immigration Alert

I. U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Obama Immigration Plan - On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Obama administration’s appeal from the Fifth Circuit decision that enjoined implementation of its...more

1/27/2016 - Deportation Discrimination E-Verify Executive Orders H-1B I-9 Passports Safe Harbors SCOTUS Simeio STEM US Department of State Visa Caps Wage and Hour

District Court Extends Validity of F-1 STEM Rules Until May 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the district court in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 14-529 (D.C.D.C.), issued an order staying its prior decision to vacate the...more

1/26/2016 - DHS Order to Stay STEM

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Issues New Rule for Highly Skilled Workers

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued its long-awaited final rule regarding highly skilled workers from Australia, Chile, Singapore, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”),...more

1/18/2016 - Australia Chile E-3 H-1B1 Singapore USCIS Visas

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2015, and Ends on November 3, 2015

The Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (“DV-2017”) lottery. The registration period begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and concludes on...more

10/2/2015 - Diversity Lottery Electronic Filing Foreign Nationals Green Cards Required Forms US Department of State Visas

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. As we noted in our last Alert, the DOS recently changed the format of its Visa Bulletin to add cutoffs for application dates. These are...more

9/30/2015 - China DHS EB-2 EB-3 Popular US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

DOS and USCIS Revise Permanent Residence Application Procedures

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) jointly announced revisions to the process for determining visa availability that will speed up the...more

9/11/2015 - EB-2 Foreign Nationals US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

August 2015 Immigration Alert

I. USCIS Issues Guidance on When an Amended H-1B Petition Is Required After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC - On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a policy memorandum...more

8/17/2015 - Classification DOL EB-5 FLSA H-1B I-9 Immigration Procedures Labor Contractor Misclassification OCAHO US Department of State USCIS Waivers

Special Immigration Alert: Federal District Court Overturns Regulation Permitting 17-Month F-1/OPT STEM Extensions

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rendered its decision in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 14-529 (D.D.C. Aug. 12,...more

8/17/2015 - DHS E-Verify Form F-1 Immigration Procedures OPT STEM Technology Sector

May 2015 Special Immigration Alert - Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended II.USCIS Announces...

I. Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended - On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend 15-day premium processing...more

5/26/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures Popular USCIS

May 2015 Immigration Alert

AAO Issues Precedent Decision Requiring Employers to File Amended Petitions When an H-1B Employee Changes Work Locations - On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) issued an important precedent...more

5/19/2015 - H-1B I-9 L-1B Location Changes NLRB USCIS Visa Bulletins

Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap Is Reached

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. The USCIS also announced that it had received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

4/9/2015 - H-1B Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

2/27/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-4 Spouses H1-B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Visas

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

1/19/2015 - Barack Obama Executive Orders H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform J-1 Visas OPT US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visa Caps Visas

Special Immigration Alert: 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2014, and Ends on November 3, 2014

The Department of State ("DOS") just announced the registration period for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa ("DV-2016") lottery. It began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and will conclude on Monday,...more

10/6/2014 - Diversity Lottery US Department of State Visas

Immigration Alert: September 2014

Sixth Circuit Expands the Liability of Health Care Employers for Sponsorship Costs - On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Kutty v. U.S. Department of Labor, No....more

9/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act Appeals Discrimination DOJ DOL EB-2 EB-3 Employer Liability Issues H-1B Health Care Providers Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Hospitals I-9 J-1 Visas National Origin Discrimination Sponsors Staffing Agencies USCIS

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Releases Updated Guidance on H-1B Eligibility for Nurses

On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released a policy memorandum ("PM"), dated July 11, 2014, which provided the first new guidance on H-1B eligibility for nurses in 12 years!...more

8/5/2014 - Corporate Counsel Guidance Update H-1B Hiring & Firing Nurses USCIS

Special Immigration Alert: U.S. Consulates in Canada Temporarily Suspend Third Country National Visa Processing for Summer

We confirmed today that the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada all will limit nonimmigrant visa appointments by third-country nationals (TCNs) not working and residing in Canada for the summer due to staffing concerns...more

6/6/2014 - Canada Immigrants Visas

Special Immigration Alert: DHS Issues Proposed Rules to Retain Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

DHS Proposes to Issue Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses - On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") proposed a rule that would authorize employment authorization for certain H-4...more

5/15/2014 - DHS Foreign Workers H-1B H-4 Spouses Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Visas

Immigration Alert: April 2014

I. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B...more

4/29/2014 - H-1B I-9 Immigrants OCAHO USCIS Visas

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year ("FY") 2015. USCIS also announced that it had received...more

4/9/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Immigration Alert: January 2014

I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more

2/4/2014 - Affordable Care Act E-2 E-3 Employee Rights FLSA Foreign Nationals H-1B I-9 ICE Immigrants Non-Immigrant Visas OCAHO Termination Undocumented Immigrants US Department of State USCIS Visas

Immigration Alert: October 2013

I. USCIS Instructs on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional....more

10/30/2013 - Discrimination DOJ DOMA EEOC FLSA Green Cards I-9 Immigrants Immigration Reform Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US Department of State US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Special Immigration Alert: 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2013, and Ends on November 2, 2013

The Department of State ("DOS") has announced the registration period for the DV-2015 Diversity Visa ("DV-2015") lottery. It will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), and will conclude on Saturday,...more

10/1/2013 - Foreign Nationals Visas

Special Immigration Alert: The Immigration Ripple Effect of a Government Shutdown

The looming prospect of a Government shutdown will have a significant impact on the immigration process. Activities of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be largely unaffected because it is funded by...more

9/27/2013 - DOL Government Shutdown Immigrants PERM US Department of State USCIS

Immigration Alert: July 2013

I. SCOTUS Holds DOMA Unconstitutional - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional. United States v. Windsor,...more

7/22/2013 - DHS DOMA Estate Tax Foreign Nationals Immigrants Immigration Reform Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

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